DEMBA BA has been voted as the Premier League’s signing of the season – according to the game’s top bosses.
The Senegal international came out on top following a vote by all of the Premier League managers – in what has to regarded a real coup for Newcastle United given their transfer policy.
Ba arrived on a free transfer last summer after being part of the West Ham team that was relegated last term, and his 16 goals have helped put Newcastle on course for Europe.
Ba won 56% of the votes with Manchester United defender Phil Jones (31%) coming second and former Toon skipper Scott Parker picking up third spot with 13%.
Ba was also voted the third best striker in the Premier League, while Tim Krul made it into the top five goalkeepers in the top flight in the opinion of the managers.
Managers also voted for which ground creates the best atmosphere on a match day, with Newcastle finishing third behind Stoke City and winners Liverpool.
There was a further appreciation for the black-and-whites too when Alan Shearer picked up 13% of the votes for the Premier League’s most influential player. Big Al, though, couldn’t top the overall winner Ryan Giggs who scooped a massive 50% of votes.
Tottenham’s attacking football has ensured that three quarters of Premier League managers rate Harry Redknapp’s team (75%) as the best team to watch in the top-flight this season, according to the poll.
However, the majority think that Manchester City (66%) will pip local rivals Manchester United (33%) to win their first ever Premier League title according to research by Barclays, title sponsor of the League Managers Association (LMA).
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